4. Empty bins regularly
If one bin is full and overflowing then regardless of the twined location, users will be more inclined to deposit unwanted materials in the emptier bin. The same principle applies to bins that are messy and attracting insects, especially bees or wasps, the user will be more inclined to place material in the cleaner bin.
If the bins are always full at collection time, consider increasing the capacity of the bins by installing higher capacity bins or adding more.
The photo (right) shows a line of recycling and composting bins at the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona.
See below for examples of effective and ineffective bin maintenance.
638.13 Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards – Public Space Recycling, 2013
The Township of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards installed recycling stations at six high traffic locations including two arenas, a public dock, two parks and an information booth. The tri-sorter bins allowed users to select a container, fibre or garbage stream, complementing the 2 stream residential Blue Box program. While staff experienced only minor issues with the tri-sorters, they observed that if the public space recycling containers became too full compared with the garbage containers then the public would toss recyclables in the garbage bin. To combat this problem, “staff ensured vigilance with respect to emptying the containers on a regular basis”.
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